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Amateur Exam Study Buddy

This free site will help newcomers to the hobby obtain their very first license, or help existing hams upgrade to a new one! And more hams on the air gifts us all more potential QSO’s and QSL cards on the wall!

Even if you already hold your Extra, please give Amateur Exam Study Buddy a good look and be sure to tell your friends about it! There isn’t a manual, but the functions are basic enough that you should find it very intuitive. You can click Feedback on the home page to report a successful experience, any problems or suggestions.

You will find Amateur Exam Study Buddy here:

ARRL Learning Network

ARRL members may use the recording links to view recorded webinars for personal use. Of particular interest to BIARA members is the recent “Intro to DMR & Digital Voice.” Start here.

RF Exposure Calculator
Here is an RF exposure compliance calculator from the Lake Washington Ham Club that should meet latest (May 2021) certification requirements for ALL amateurs. Others are here (ARRL) & here (Hitlink Technologies).

RF Hazard Exemption  Calculator
Here is an RF hazard exemption calculator from Steve Moreen, KA6UGS. Links to reference documents are provided on his home page here.

Coax Cable and Line Loss Calculator

Here is a handy web based Coax Cable and Line Loss Calculator.

Links of local interest

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
Discover San Pedro Downtown Waterfront
Fort MacArthur
LA Maritime Museum
The Lane Victory
Tide Times and Tide Chart for Los Angeles
USS Midway Museum

Marine Exchange of Southern California

The Marine Exchange of Southern California is a ninety plus year old, non-profit organization dedicated to the development and efficient flow of maritime commerce throughout the region. Our records of ship arrivals and departures go back to 1923 in a string broken only by WW II. Since then, we have evolved into the Maritime Information Center for the Los Angeles – Long Beach Port Complex.

Some RFI-in-the-Shack references

We’ve been discussing RFI-in-the-Shack during our Skype meetings lately (January & February, 2021). Here are some resources.
Fair-Rite Products Corp. – manufacturer of ferrite suppression components (chokes, snap-ons, and more.)
KF7P Metalwerks – they carry Ferrite Products for RF Chokes, Baluns, and RFI Mitigation, as well as other items of interest to hams (grounding, tower parts,  power poles, cables, etc.)
Palomar Engineers  – manufactures products to suppress RFI/EMI interference. Ferrite cores, antenna products, noise suppression, baluns/ununs and more. Here’s the presentation by Bob Brehm from our February 10, 2021 meeting.


Tour the ARRL QSL Bureau: forwarding your QSL cards around the world! Meet ARRL staff member Rose-Anne Lawrence, KB1DMW and enjoy this video tour of the ARRL QSL Bureau, located at ARRL’s headquarters in Newington, Connecticut. launched on March 15, 2006 with the purpose of providing real time Space Weather news and data from various sources, all in one location for easy navigation. The site was created and is still maintained solely by amateur (HAM) radio station Kevin VE3EN.

The Daily DX

Looking for where to send your card requests? Here is a list of QSL Routes that may be helpful.

NavSource Online: Battleship Photo Archive

From the NavSource Photo Archives, Post-Dreadnought / Washington Conference Design Battleships selection, the USS IOWA, BB-61.

AVTechnology article – Museums Step Up Engagement With Next-Level Tech

AVTechnology article in which Dave Canfield, Vice President & Chief Information Officer, Pacific Battleship Center – Battleship IOWA Museum, is interviewed.

USS Carter Hall Ship Tour: Part 2

Part two of the USS Carter Hall – LSD 50 ship tour! Look for Jerome W9JGC’s granddaughter Rebecca on the Bridge.

Arduino Ham Radio Starter Kit

Welcome to he Arduino Ham Radio Starter Kit, a “virtual box” of ideas and motivations with one objective: More hams and their clubs engaging the local maker community as a gateway to amateur radio.

Part one in the series: Click here to get started